Margot Adler http://whqr.org en Eccentric Heiress's Untouched Treasures Head For The Auction Block http://whqr.org/post/eccentric-heiress-untouched-treasures-head-auction-block She had three apartments on New York's Fifth Avenue, all filled with treasures worth millions, not to mention a mansion in Connecticut and a house in California. But the enigmatic heiress Huguette Clark lived her last 20 years in a plainly decorated hospital room — even though she wasn't sick.<p>It's just one of many curiosities about Clark, the late heiress to the fortune of copper magnate Sen. Andrew Williams Clark. For years, even friends and family thought she was living on Fifth Avenue. Her lavish gifts to her nurse prompted a police investigation. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:40:00 +0000 Margot Adler 56626 at http://whqr.org Eccentric Heiress's Untouched Treasures Head For The Auction Block New Yorkers Protest Long Shadows Cast By New Skyscrapers http://whqr.org/post/new-yorkers-protest-long-shadows-cast-new-skyscrapers Skyscrapers are a hallmark of large cities. Modern engineering makes it possible to erect something as tall as the Empire State Building on a very small footprint. Although developers love these buildings, in New York — the city of skyscrapers — residents have been <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CentralParkSupertowers" target="_blank">upset at the shadows they cast</a> over public spaces like Central Park.<p>Journalist Warren St. John first noticed the shadows when he took his daughter to a playground near Central Park's southern border on sunny, blue-skied fall day. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Margot Adler 53843 at http://whqr.org New Yorkers Protest Long Shadows Cast By New Skyscrapers On The Auction Block: The Stradivarius Of Guitars http://whqr.org/post/auction-block-stradivarius-guitars <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNrLvKJnpfI</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:25:00 +0000 Margot Adler 52733 at http://whqr.org On The Auction Block: The Stradivarius Of Guitars A Beer Backlash To LGBT Exclusion In St. Patrick's Parades http://whqr.org/post/beer-backlash-lgbt-exclusion-st-patricks-parades Beer makers Guinness and Sam Adams withdrew sponsorship from New York and Boston's St. Patrick Day parades, respectively, over the exclusion of openly gay, lesbian and transgender participants. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Margot Adler 51974 at http://whqr.org A Plan To Eliminate Wild Mute Swans Draws Vocal Opposition http://whqr.org/post/plan-eliminate-wild-mute-swans-draws-vocal-opposition A plan in New York state to <a href="http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/muteswanmgmtpln2013.pdf">eliminate all wild mute swans there by 2025</a> has drawn protests and petitions on all sides. While some see elegant white birds gliding across the water, others see a dangerous aggressor destroying the local ecosystem.<p>According to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the swans — which don't honk but make hoarse, froglike grunts — are not native, and they destroy and attack native species. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Margot Adler 51674 at http://whqr.org A Plan To Eliminate Wild Mute Swans Draws Vocal Opposition Small Museum Shows Off Weird Objects http://whqr.org/post/small-museum-shows-weird-objects In this encore report, we hear about a small museum in an elevator shaft in lower Manhattan. It's only six feet square, and only about three or four people can enter it at a time. The exhibits document the weird and wonderful of modern life, including prison contraband made from bread. (This piece originally aired on Jan. 2, 2014 on All Things Considered). Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:12:00 +0000 Margot Adler 49441 at http://whqr.org New York's Medical Marijuana Experiment Begins With Caution http://whqr.org/post/new-yorks-medical-marijuana-experiment-begins-caution New York is one of the only states in the Northeast without a medical marijuana program.<p>Gov. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 17:57:00 +0000 Margot Adler 49223 at http://whqr.org Letter From Gracie Mansion: The New Mayor Meets His City http://whqr.org/post/letter-gracie-mansion-new-mayor-meets-his-city I've always wondered what it would have been like to be at the White House in 1829 when President Andrew Jackson was inaugurated. He threw open the White House to the public and some 20,000 people stomped through, apparently causing a rowdy mob scene.<p>So I was intrigued with the fact that New York's new progressive mayor, Bill de Blasio, planned to open Gracie Mansion to the public this past Sunday. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 00:08:00 +0000 Margot Adler 48605 at http://whqr.org Letter From Gracie Mansion: The New Mayor Meets His City Tiny Museum Preserves Proof Of Creators' Crazy Stories http://whqr.org/post/tiny-museum-preserves-proof-creators-crazy-stories Imagine a museum that's only 6 square feet. It's called, simply, <a href="http://mmuseumm.com/">Museum</a> and it's housed in an old elevator shaft in an alley near New York City's courts. It has some odd exhibits on 18 small shelves, and only about four people can fit into the space at a time.<p>The museum was created by three filmmakers: Alex Kalman and brothers Josh and Benny Safdie. Josh Safdie says the idea grew out of a combination of frustration and storytelling. The filmmakers would tell each other amazing tales of what they had seen and found, and the others would want proof. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 23:18:00 +0000 Margot Adler 48435 at http://whqr.org Tiny Museum Preserves Proof Of Creators' Crazy Stories Assessing Bloomberg's Legacy Is A Complex Task http://whqr.org/post/assessing-bloombergs-legacy-complex-task At the end of this month, Michael Bloomberg ends his three terms as mayor of New York City. Assessing Bloomberg's legacy, a man who went from Republican to Independent, is not a simple thing to do. His 12 years in office were groundbreaking, locally and even globally.<p>But at the same time, many New Yorkers found him arrogant and insensitive to the poor. It's a vein that was tapped successfully by Democratic Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who described New York as a city of haves and have nots. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:42:00 +0000 Margot Adler 48258 at http://whqr.org Assessing Bloomberg's Legacy Is A Complex Task